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04 Apr 2018
Prince of Wales opens Commonwealth Games, described "more relevant than ever before"

The 2018 Commonwealth Games have kicked off on the Gold Coast, Australia, with more than 1.5 billion people tuning in to watch the opening ceremony.

The ceremony took place at the Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast in front of a stadium audience of more than 35,000.

Held for the 21st time, the Games will run until 15 April and see 4,600 athletes from 71 countries compete across 18 sports.

In her opening ceremony speech, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin said: "Today, there is a renewed focus on what our family of nations stands for and who we are.

"The Commonwealth is now more relevant than ever before. We have a great opportunity to be the global leader in demonstrating how we can successfully thrive together, as both a deeply diverse yet unified family of 2.4 billion people.

"It is this unbreakable Commonwealth connection that enables us to have a positive impact on each other and on the world we share."

The Games were officially declared open by Charles, Prince of Wales.

The opening ceremony also marked the launch of the search for the host of the 2026 and 2030 Games.

During a meeting ahead of the official opening ceremony, all 71 Commonwealth Games Associations were informed of an 18-month-long consultative bidding process, which will take place under the new CGF Partnerships model.

The new system is designed to allow the Commonwealth Sports Movement to capitalise on the Federation's "innovative new Games delivery model", CGF Partnerships (CGFP), which aims to support host nations and cities and enhance the overall value of hosting the Games.

CGF president Martin said: "As we celebrate and support the thousands of Commonwealth athletes here on the Gold Coast, and work hand-in-hand with local and national partners to realise the benefits of the Games on the host community, there is no better reminder of the transformative impact and social foundations of the Commonwealth Sports Movement."

The hosts for the 2026 edition will be named at the next General Assembly in September 2019.


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17 Jul 2019
Architect Bill Bensley to speak about sustainability at Global Wellness Summit
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has announced that landscape-designer-turned- architect Bill Bensley will deliver a keynote speech on hospitality design and sustainability at this year's summit in Hong Kong.
16 Jul 2019
Third World Wellness Weekend will be the largest to date
This year's World Wellness Weekend (WWW) will be the largest to date, with 2,000 spas, fitness studios and health clubs taking part across 100 countries.
09 Jul 2019
Inaugural We Work Well event gets positive feedback
While there is no shortage of spa events on the calendar these days, an impactful newcomer arrived on the scene this month: We Work Well, which hosted its first event at The Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California.
01 Jul 2019
Healing Summit announces dates for 2020 event
The Healing Summit will once again return to Portugal’s Algarve coast, with next year’s event taking place 18-19 May, 2020 at the Pine Cliffs Resort in Albufeira.
25 Jun 2019
Inland water fatalities on the increase – one in ten admit nearly drowning
The number of drownings in the UK's inland waters has risen in the last year.
25 Jun 2019
National School Sport Week: two in three parents have no idea of recommended activity levels
Research by YouGov has shown 68 per cent of UK adults to be unaware of the fact that children should take part in 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
24 Jun 2019
Italy's Milan-Cortina bid wins vote to host 2026 winter Olympics
Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo will host the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics – the 25th edition of the Games.
24 Jun 2019
Plans revealed for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stadium
Conceptual designs have been revealed for Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, set to transform the athletics stadium into the main stadium of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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